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Two winners of Scott scholarship

07 December 2015

As a result of the exceptional quality of entrants for the 2015 Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship, the judging panel agreed that two full awards should be made. 

The award aims to support those committed to a career training racehorses in Britain by promoting their education and improvement of their skills abroad and the two winners in 2015 are Rob McDowall, who is pupil assistant to Sir Mark Prescott, and Rachel Rodman,assistant to Olly Stevens.
The scholarship is funded by the British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust(Bhest) and executive director Judith Allen, a member of the judging panel, says: "All of the applicants we interviewed were of a very high standard again this year. However, it was virtually impossible to separate the top two.

“Having been short-listed previously, Rachel came back with increased confidence and determination, clearly demonstrating that she was ready for a new challenge, and Rob impressed us all with his maturity and positive attitude.” 

McDowall will be taking up a one-month work placement with John O’Shea at Godolphin Australia in February 2016, while Rodman will join Wesley Ward in Florida in the new year and expects to continue through to April, when the trainer’s juveniles ship to Keeneland.

She says: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have received the scholarship. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with Olly Stevens and with the announcement of his retirement the scholarship has come at the perfect time for me.

“It will allow me the chance to gain further experience. I’ll be going to Wesley Ward, an opportunity I’m eagerly anticipating. I'm extremely grateful to Bhest for the opportunity.” 

McDowall says: “I'm very pleased to have been awarded this fantastic scholarship, which gives me the opportunity to broaden my racing knowledge abroad.

“As well as Bhest and the National Trainers Federation, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me on my racing journey so far, starting with the Northern Racing College through to my current employer Sir Mark Prescott. I’m looking forward to meeting the team at Godolphin, who have already helped so much in organising my trip.”

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